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Social Studies

The Church Forests of Ethiopia

This one-time class reveals the history, culture, ecology, and environmental challenges facing the sacred forests in Africa protected by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church
Professor Dave, PhD
82 total reviews for this teacher
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I have a PhD in Religious Studies from McGill University (a secular institution) and a MSc in Environmental Policy.  The Ethiopian Church Forests is a research area of mine, and I have several high-profile publications on this topic (see Sources).  

A handout will be provided of special terms used in the lecture.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
The lecture will discuss the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in relation to ecological attitudes and behaviors in order to explain why the forests are being protected.  The presentation will be from a secular and academic perspective, such as it is taught at university.  It is history and culture, pure and simple.  
Goodin, David K.  2022.  “Sacred Texts and Environmental Ethics: Lessons in Sustainability from Ethiopia,” In: State of the Art in Ethiopian Church Forests and Restoration Options, Kindu, M., Schneider, T., Wassie, A., Lemenih, M., Knoke, T. (Eds.), Springer Nature: Cham, Switzerland (In Press, scheduled to be published January 2022).

Goodin, David K.  2021.  “Lesson in Sustainability from Ethiopia: Faith, Forests, and Food Security,” Climate Crisis and Creation Care: Eco-Economic Sustainability, Ecological Integrity and Justice, Christiana Nellist, editor, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Goodin, David K.  2019.  “The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Forests and Economic Development: The Case for Traditional Ecological Management.” Journal for the Study of Religion and Society, Volume 21: 1-23.  


Professor Dave, PhD
Lives in Canada
College Prep in Philosophy and Religious Studies
82 total reviews
165 completed classes

About Me

Hello !

I am a professor of philosophy, ecology, and religious studies, and I will be offering classes to help students make that sometimes difficult transition to college and university.  

So often I see 1st year undergraduate students struggle... 
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